Environmental Health & Safety
With over 15,000 students, faculty, and staff at UW-Oshkosh, not to mention numerous visitors and community members that utilize the campus in some way; maintaining a healthy environment can seem difficult. The health of the campus community is extremely important at UW-Oshkosh, and human health is directly related to the health of the environment. Broadly speaking, human health and environmental health are related in numerous ways; keeping the air and watershed free from pollutants is extremely important not only for human health, but for reducing our impacts on the the environment. Human health is also impacted by our exposure to chemicals and cleaning products, as well as other potentially-hazardous substances. The university takes a serious stand on the use and disposal of hazardous materials to ensure proper handling and safety when working with these kinds of materials. Another important aspect of this is what the general population may think of when someone mentions the word "health". The Student Health Center offers a wide variety of services to ensure that students are healthy and informed about staying healthy. For employees, good health is also encouraged, and the university emphasizes the importance of healthy communities through healthy habits and exercise. Some programs are offered to faculty and staff to keep those working at UW-Oshkosh, happy and healthy. In addition, safety is also primary concern across campus. A dedicated team addresses risk assessment and safety on campus and deals with highlighted issues. The university police work hard on day-to-day issues to ensure that the campus remains a safe place to work, learn, and live. It is through great communication that health and safety can be achieved for everyone at UW-Oshkosh and working towards this goal will lead to promoting a healthier community and a healthier City of Oshkosh.
(Image of UW Oshkosh Student Rec & Wellness center (SRWC), designed to LEED Silver standards in 2007)